High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Myles Copeland

POY Potential: Top 5 Kan. Football Recruits

September, 28, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Tyler Matthews
ESPNHSTyler Matthews is Kansas' No. 1 senior recruit.
1. McPherson High (Kan.) quarterback Tyler Matthews

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 195 pounds
  • College: TCU (verbal)
  • Testing results: 4.95 40-yard dash; 24.0 vertical jump
  • Traits: Accuracy, arm strength, delivery, reads
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This kid is a really sharp, precise passer with fundamentally sound technique and very productive results. He has good size and already possesses above average bulk. Plays in a multiple set both under center and out of the shotgun and is extremely efficient both in his methods and productivity."

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